We have a winner!
You guys sure didn't make it easy! I loved all your names. I had to go over them several times, but f-i-n-a-l-l-y narrowed it down to three, then two, and finally chose the one that best suited the characters I had conceived in my mind for the aunt and uncle.
Remember: I have in my mind (and ready to go on paper) this couple. Their actions have a lot to do with what names I can associate with them.
But let me tell you: I will be keeping the rest of your suggestions. Everyone of them brought images up in my mind of certain types of people.
Want to know who I pictured with some of your offerings?
- A Native American couple.
- A couple from England.
- Two of them will probably go into a future novel as older couple protagonists.
- Another one will no doubt be prominent characters in an adventure book of some type.
Loved, loved, loved your suggestions. Can you tell?
On a funny note: my youngest son practically BEGGED me to use his name as the man's! But since these characters are bad people, nope! I absolutely refused; besides, I happen to like son No. 2's name as a good character name! Laugh!
What did you say? You want to know who won? Well, okay . . .
That's it. Her suggestion? Marvin and Jane Stillwell.
Why did I pick that name? You might be thinking: that's not as good as mine!
Because in my mind these bad characters put on a front of being good. (Only someone who is looking for clues or traits will see under the surface.) The name suits them in that it's not pretentious; it's simple and doesn't call attention to them.
Perfect for them and their career and their crime.
So, Ann, a big congratulations! Look for that gift certificate from Amazon in your email box.
And thank you to all who participated! You did great.
- Don't forget to email Donna (donna at donnafleisher dot com) with your physical address so that you can get your free book (IF you commented on the interview blog with her!).
- A Father's Day Contest in June -- coming up! Smile.
- June's interview is with Teresa Slack from Ohio. She's written several books. Look for info about the interview--coming right up!
Since lots of people have gone to dishwashers, here's a hint from Heloise that's good for cleaning your kitchen necessity!
Clean with household vinegar or citric acid powder. Pour a gallon of vinegar in the bottom, let set for an hour or so, then run the washer through a full cycle. Citric acid powder will also help remove hard-water buildup. Add a half-cup of powder and run the dishwasher. If there’s still an unpleasant odor coming from inside, examine the drain hose to see if it’s crimped and check the bottom for bits of food or gunk. After checking, if the odor it still strong, call a plumber because it might be a possible hazardous plumbing problem, like sewer gas, that needs to be remedied.
If you get the answer, well, you're right up there at the top!
What is the name of Moscow's largest department store?
When I look at the galaxies on a clear night--when I look at the incredible brilliance of creation, and think that this is what God is like, then instead of feeling intimidated and diminished by it, I am enlarged--I rejoice that I am part of it. --Madeleine L'Engle